I'm so sorry that I've been MIA lately. Feeling a little down :( We're getting ready for state testing and I'm scared to pieces! The class I was given this year is extremely low. I just administered the MAPS test and some have made 2 or more years growth. I know that's something to celebrate but just because they've made growth from where they came from...they are no where even near to being ready for the state test. This is in example of the class I have. One of the other third graders classes have 8 enrichment kids whereas I have 2 (and they are borderline as is). I don't mind at all getting the lower kids if that's taken into account when state testing comes around...but we all know it's not. I love these little guys more than anything and wouldn't trade them for the world...I'm so proud of all their growth! I just wish that aspect was taken into account.
Ok...no more sadness! I did my observation this month on idioms. It seemed to go really well. I read them the book More Parts by Ted Arnold.
I read half the book, pointing out idioms as I went. During the second half of the book, they had to keep track of the idioms they heard using sticky notes. They then went back to their seats and did this worksheet. where they picked two idioms from the second half of the book. Then they wrote the read meaning and put it in a sentence. For the life of me, I can't find this worksheet or I would give it to you. I'll keep looking and hopefully post it for you later. I'm sorry! The next thing they did was an idiom sort. They matched the idiom with the correct definition. They l-o-v-e-d this. Here are some pictures. The Idiom Sort is HERE TpT shop and contains an anchor chart, four idiom posters, and 36 cards for sorting (18 idioms and 18 definitions).
|Some of the Defitition Cards|
|Some of the Sorting Cards|
|Anchor Chart (free in Preview on TpT)|
|One of the four posters|
Here's some pictures of a few kids doing the activity.
The next thing we did was to play Quiz-Quiz-Trade with my new Idioms Task Cards. It worked like
charm (which helps when the principal is observing :)
The task cards give a sentence using an idiom then gives you three multiple choice options to what the idiom really means. They want to play this all the time now!
And last but not least....some giveaways!!!
I promise to not be MIA this week so please come back and visit!